Title / object name
The order of the bath
|Maker ||Role ||Date |
|Adkin, Leslie ||photographer ||1917 |
black and white glass negativeMaterials
photographic gelatin, sheet glass, silver, photographic plates
half plate (1/2)Classification
gelatin dry plate negatives, black-and-white negatives
Gift of G. L. Adkin family estate, 1964
Leslie Adkin’s warm and gentle photograph of his wife and daughter has become a classic of family photography.
Adkin farmed near Levin and was also a self-taught scholar, with interests ranging over geology, archaeology, botany, and Maori history.He applied the same thoroughness and attention to detailwhen recording his personal life as he didto photographing his other interests. Adkin rarely took a literal snap-shot, even though his family photographs seem to epitomise the snapshot craze that developed from the turn of the century. The composition of this photograph and the way Maud holds the facecloth just out of Nancy’s reach suggest a moment carefully constructed for the camera.